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Assange appeals Sweden extradition ruling

AFP/The Local · 3 Mar 2011, 13:14

Published: 03 Mar 2011 13:14 GMT+01:00

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A court official confirmed that it had received the request for an appeal, but no date has yet been set for a hearing.

Assange said after last week's ruling that he was prepared for a lengthy legal battle after judge Howard Riddle rejected defence arguments that the 39-year-old would face an unfair trial that would breach his human rights.

The founder of the whistleblowing website claimed that the decision to extradite him was a "result of the European Arrest Warrant system run amok".

He also complained that the hearings to consider Sweden's extradition requests had failed to consider "the merits of the allegations against me".

The latest twist in Assange's fight against extradition comes after US authorities lodged 22 additional charges against Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of passing a host of confidential documents to WikiLeaks.

The new accusations include the accusation of "aiding the enemy," which carries a potential death sentence.

On Wednesday, the Swedish Bar Association (Advokatsamfundet) summoned Assange's Swedish lawyer Björn Hurtig to answer questions about ethics breach allegations made by Riddle.

Among other things, Riddle accused Hurtig of making a "deliberate attempt to mislead the court."

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The judge was referring to testimony in which Hurtig had said he had been unable to contact Assange last year when he was sought by Swedish prosecutors for questioning.

Hurtig himself told the TT news agency Wednesday that he was "eager to explain himself," although he stressed he felt he had "already explained my error when I changed my statement in front of the court."

He has until March 14th to respond to the bar association's questions.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:17 March 3, 2011 by Nemesis
And so the circus continues.
16:39 March 3, 2011 by mikewhite
Since it's Britain: we appeal *against* something ...
18:08 March 3, 2011 by Njal
"The new accusations include the accusation of "aiding the enemy," which carries a potential death sentence."

This is what America has become these days. He (Manning) obviously felt his government was doing somthing wrong, so now they're (US givt.) is contemplating killing him for it?

Aaron Russo was right.
18:58 March 3, 2011 by ITkiwi
So sick of this knob
19:26 March 3, 2011 by diegoveggie
he should come back to sweden. cute girls!
20:25 March 3, 2011 by prince T
this guy performed a great feat of rubbishing swedish legal system.
21:52 March 3, 2011 by sgt_doom
When, oh when, will the extradite CARL BILDT, for those massacres of Sudanese when he was a director with Lundin Petroleum????

Is there no justice in the pathetic Swedish judicial system?

Evidently not!

Beatrice Ask, Bodstrom, Bildt, a neverending line of evil.
21:55 March 3, 2011 by countrysidedrive
If he did nothing wrong why did he run and make such a fuss. I suspect he behaved completely inappropriately because he does not care how his actions affect others. Thats why he created Wiki leaks and he disrespected a couple of Swedish women and why he has disrespected the Swedish and English legal system. He is a megalomaniac and just does not care about anyone but himself.
09:38 March 4, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg

Yes indeed. The Local can't seem to get it right. (The headline) If they need proof they just need to check the same story on BBC, Reuters, CNN or The Guardian etc.
10:01 March 4, 2011 by Rick Methven
@ Pont-y-garreg

The local got it from AFP so most probably translated from French
12:39 March 4, 2011 by flintis
@Prince T: He didn't need to rubbish the Swedish legal system, it's quite capable of rubbishing itself, which it manages to do every week.

If Assange had been suspected of planning terrorist activities is Somalia/Ethiopia/Irak/Iran/India/UAE etc, the Swedes would have dismissed the charges. Yet instead Ass-ange rubbed the local bike from Enköping up the wrong way & she gets pissed off and phones the police, thereafter a fiasco.
15:23 March 4, 2011 by dt804a
Sometimes, one headline tells all. In this case, the headline is "Assange blames "Jewish conspiracy" to discredit Wikileaks: reporter"

Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/118573/20110303/assange-wikileaks.htm#ixzz1FdmYahBW

The foregoing source is only one of many; google to find other, similar reports.

I wonder of Assange also believes in the Elders of Zion myth, the 9-11 conspiracy theories, etc.
14:41 March 7, 2011 by wcm
Ambassador Clase denies involvement in Assange case:


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